Trump’s de­fense-heavy bud­get will make Amer­ica weak again

The Denver Post - - OPINION - Re: Su­san Al­tenhofen, Rev. Roy G. Smith, Jon Slaugh­ter Pele­grin, Eric Bassig­nani,

“Win­ners and losers in Trump’s first bud­get plan,” March 17 news story.

You have to won­der what’s be­hind Don­ald Trump’s pro­posed bud­get that max­i­mizes mil­i­tary ex­pen­di­ture for hard-pow­ered war prepa­ra­tion with more tanks, bombers, mis­siles and even more nu­clear weapons be­ing planned.

It should be re­mem­bered, how­ever, that the most so­phis­ti­cated and ex­pen­sive mil­i­tary on earth, our own, could not pre­vent hi­jack­ers from us­ing sim­ple in­ex­pen­sive box cut­ters to over­power com­mer­cial air­line flights that flew into the Twin Tow­ers and the Pen­tagon and Flight 93 that plowed into the ground in Penn­syl­va­nia on 9/11.

Hav­ing more mil­i­tary hard­ware and war ma­chines may not make us any safer, but it will make us poorer and more in debt to other na­tions, some of whom do not like us very much and could call our debt due at any time.

BBB I wish Pres­i­dent Trump and those who agree with him that we need to in­crease mil­i­tary spend­ing in or­der to “keep us safe” would heed the coun­sel of the Psalmist: “A king is not saved by his great army; a war­rior is not de­liv­ered by his great strength. The war horse is a vain hope for vic­tory, and by its great might it can­not save (Psalm 33: 16,17).”

Is it just me, or is it im­moral to pro­pose delet­ing the Meals for Wheels Pro­gram from the Bud­get the same week­end Pres­i­dent Trump’s whole fam­ily goes to ski­ing in Aspen where the prob­a­ble ex­pen­di­tures for Air Force One and Se­cret Ser­vice cov­er­age is the same as the $3M be­ing deleted for Meals for Wheels?

BBB Re­gard­ing the Fed­eral bud­get, I agree with Neil deGrasse Tyson when he tweeted:

“The fastest way to Make a Amer­ica Weak Again: Cut science funds to our agen­cies that sup­port it. The fastest way to Make Amer­ica Sick Again: Cut fund­ing to the Na­tional In­sti­tutes of Health.

The fastest way to Make Amer­ica Stupid: Cut funds to pro­grams that sup­port ed­u­ca­tion. The fastest way to thwart Earth’s life-sup­port sys­tems for us all: Turn EPA into EDA — the En­vi­ron­men­tal De­struc­tion Agency.”

“The fastest way to melt glaciers & flood the World’s coastal cities: Ig­nore sci­en­tists and do noth­ing to stem the rise of CO2. We can all imag­ine a land that pro­vides no sup­port for art. But is that a place you’d want to live? To visit? To play? The very best way to sup­port and feed your delu­sions: Sur­round your­self with peo­ple whose world views match yours ex­actly. We all want to Make Amer­ica Great Again. But that won’t hap­pen un­til we first Make Amer­ica Smart Again.”

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